Since 2014, India has undergone a profound technological and digital transformation under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This period has witnessed a remarkable evolution, catapulting India from a developing nation to a global hub of innovation and technology. Prime Minister Modi's visionary approach is at the forefront of this revolution, characterized by an unwavering commitment to harnessing the power of digital solutions to address societal challenges and drive inclusive growth.

From his early days as Chief Minister of Gujarat to his tenure as Prime Minister, Modi has championed technology as a tool for governance and empowerment. His vision of a New, Inclusive India is reflected in initiatives like the National Digital Literacy Mission and Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan, which aim to equip citizens, especially in rural areas, with the skills and knowledge to thrive in the digital age.

Central to India's digital journey is the ambitious Digital India mission, launched with the vision of transforming the nation into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. Since its inception, Digital India has emerged as a catalyst for change, reshaping governance, empowering citizens, and fostering innovation across various sectors. Digital India has laid the foundation for a new era of progress and prosperity through a holistic approach encompassing digital infrastructure development, digital literacy, and service delivery.

One of the most significant achievements of the Digital India mission is its success in democratizing access to technology. By leveraging digital platforms and innovative solutions, the Modi government has been able to bridge the digital divide and ensure that the benefits of technology reach every corner of the country. From urban centres to remote rural areas, citizens now access various digital services, spanning banking, education, healthcare, agriculture, and more.

A key pillar of Digital India is the implementation of the JAM trinity – Jan Dhan, Aadhaar, Mobile. This integrated framework has revolutionized financial inclusion, streamlined service delivery, and enhanced transparency in governance. Through initiatives like the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) system, the government has eliminated leakages and ensures that welfare benefits reach the intended beneficiaries directly. The success of DBT has not only reduced corruption but has also boosted public confidence in the government's ability to deliver services without leakage.

From a grassroots perspective, the impact of India's digital revolution is palpable. The proliferation of Common Service Centres (CSCs), increased mobile phone penetration, and the deployment of high-speed optical fibre cables in rural areas under the BharatNet project has empowered millions of citizens, enabling them to access essential services and information at their fingertips.

Moreover, India's vibrant tech startup ecosystem and initiatives like the Atal Innovation Mission have unleashed a wave of innovation and entrepreneurship, driving job creation and economic growth. India's strides in fintech have also been significant, with the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) emerging as a game-changer in the digital payments landscape. Designed to facilitate seamless, real-time transactions across multiple banks and platforms, UPI has transformed the way Indians transact, paving the way for a cashless economy. With over 60% of India's digital transactions now being conducted through UPI, India has established itself as a global leader in digital payments, setting a benchmark for other nations to follow.

Beyond domestic achievements, India's digital transformation has positioned the country as a global technology leader, attracting investment and collaboration from around the world. Modi government initiatives like the National Supercomputing Mission and National Quantum Mission have propelled India to the forefront of cutting-edge research and development, while collaborations with global tech giants have led to the export of Indian solutions to international markets.

As India continues its journey towards becoming a digitally empowered society, Prime Minister Modi's leadership remains instrumental in shaping the nation's future. His emphasis on innovation, entrepreneurship, and human capital development has underscored India's commitment to harnessing the full potential of technology for the benefit of its citizens. With each milestone, India has reaffirmed its status as a global powerhouse in the digital landscape, charting a path towards prosperity, inclusivity, and sustainable development for all.

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PM Modi’s Vision Fuels Delhi’s Development
April 12, 2024

“Delhi has the good fortune to get an opportunity of keeping the flag of nations' prestige flying high.”
- PM Narendra Modi as Delhi prepared to host the G20 Summit

The last ten years of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government have set in motion the creation of a New India—from rural to urban, from water to electricity, from houses to health, from education to employment, from castes to classes—a comprehensive plan bringing growth and prosperity to each doorstep.

The National Capital Territory of Delhi has emerged as a pivotal part of this dynamic developmental momentum spearheaded by PM Modi throughout this transformative decade.

The city has been at the heart of the infrastructural shift that has given a dedicated facelift to the entire nation. Today infrastructural marvels like Atal Setu, Chenab Bridge, Statue of Unity, and Zojila Tunnel dot India’s ever-evolving landscape.

With its focus on revamping transportation networks, upgrading urban amenities, and expanding digital infrastructure, the Modi government has launched an array of transformative initiatives. From railways, highways to airports, these initiatives have been key in galvanising inclusive and sustainable development across the length and breadth of the country.

The impressive expansion of the metro rail network has revolutionised urban commuting in India. From a mere 5 cities in 2014, the metro rail network now serves 21 cities across the nation—expanding from 248 km in 2014 to 945 km by 2024, with 919 km of lines under construction in 26 additional cities.

The Union Cabinet has recently approved two new corridors of Delhi Metro Phase-IV—Lajpat Nagar to Saket G-Block and Inderlok to Indraprastha. Both the lines have a combined length of over 20 kms with a project cost of over Rs. 8,000 crore (funding being sourced from the Union Govt, Govt of Delhi, and international agencies). The Inderlok- Indraprastha line will play a significant role in enhancing connectivity to the Bahadurgarh region of Haryana. Additionally, India’s first Namo Bharat train, operating on the Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) corridor further underlines the Modi government’s commitment to enhancing regional connectivity and upgrading its transportation infrastructure.

Further, the Bharatmala Pariyojana envisages improved logistics efficiency and connectivity via the development of nearly 35,000 km of National Highway corridors. 25 greenfield high-speed corridors have been planned under the plan out of which four intersect with Delhi’s growing infra capacity: Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway, Delhi-Saharanpur-Dehradun Expressway, and the Urban Extension Road-II. The total project length sanctioned for Delhi is 203 km with an allocation of over Rs. 18,000 crore.

Over the past decade, the Modi government has consistently dedicated efforts towards augmenting capacity and decongestion of airports. After the IGI Airport Delhi became the first airport in the country to have four runways and an elevated taxiway, the expanded state-of-the-art Terminal 1 has also been inaugurated recently. In addition, the upcoming Noida International Airport (Jewar) shall further contribute to decongestion of the Delhi airport which is serving millions of passengers annually.

Besides, the inauguration of the New Parliament has further added civilisational yet modern connotations to the city’s landscape. Inauguration of the Yashobhoomi (India International Convention & Expo Centre) has given Delhi India’s largest convention and exhibition centre, offering a mixed purpose tourism experience. Along with Yashobhoomi, the Bharat Mandapam, a world-class convention and exhibition centre, showcases India to the world.

In terms of welfare, the Modi government has launched several schemes benefitting people hitherto on the margins of growth and development. Women’s safety in Delhi has been a key concern. To address the same, the Modi government strengthened the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013 by increasing the quantum of punishment for rape, including capital punishment for rape of a girlchild below the age of 12.

The Union Home Ministry established a separate Women Safety Division back in 2018. One-stop centers, Sakhi Niwas, Safe City Project, Nirbhaya Fund, SHe-Box, Investigation Tracking System for Sexual Offences, and Cri-MAC (Crime Multi-Agency Center) among others are significant additions in the government’s campaign towards women safety.

In addition, Swachh Bharat Mission, PM Ujjwala Yojana, PM Matru Vandana Yojana, and Beti Bachao Beti Padhao have further led to the empowerment of Nari Shakti in India.

As India becomes the 3rd largest startup ecosystem in the world, Delhi is also contributing significantly towards this development. Today over 13,000 DPIIT-recognised startups are functioning in Delhi even as the government is promoting self-employment through PM MUDRA Yojana with over 2.3 lakh loans sanctioned worth over Rs. 3,000 crore for FY2023-24 (as on 26.01.2024).

PM SVANidhi, which provides collateral free loans to street vendors, is supporting over 1.67 lakh beneficiaries in Delhi. Further, under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Rozgar Yojana, launched in 2020 to incentivise employers for creation of new employment and restoration of loss of employment during Covid-19 pandemic, over 2.2 lakh employees benefitted in Delhi.

Further, nearly 30,000 houses have been sanctioned and completed in Delhi under PM Awas Yojana (Urban).

Air pollution has been a recurring problem for the people of Delhi. Conscious of this reality, the central government has launched the National Clean Air Programme as a national level strategy to reduce air pollution level across the country.

The Modi government's tenure over the last decade has brought about a remarkable transformation in Delhi across various fronts. From infrastructure development to governance reforms, from education to employment, the government's initiatives have left an indelible mark on the capital city. As Delhi continues on its journey of progress and development, the contributions of the Modi government are set to shape its future trajectory for years to come.